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Young Eunice Florence

Eunice Florence Young
Second Lieutenant
Serial Number:
US Army Nurse Corps
Date of Death:
New York
Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery, New York

Eunice Florence Young was born on May 21, 1913 in Arkport, New York. She was the daughter of James Albert Young and Florence Hedrick Young. Eunice served in the military as a Second Lieutenant during World War II. She was one of the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor” – the US Army and Navy Nurse Corps women who served in the Battle of the Philippines in 1941-42. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, 11 Navy nurses, 66 army nurses, and 1 nurse-anesthetist were captured and imprisoned in and around Manila. They continued to serve as nurses in various POW camps until they were finally liberated in February 1945. Eunice also served in the Korean war as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. She died on January 10, 1995 at the age of 81 in Florida and is now buried in the Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport, Steuben County, New York, USA.

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Born on May 21, 1913, in Arkport, New York, Lieutenant Eunice F. Young, after her graduation from Arkport Central School, moved to Arizona to attend nursing school and then, in 1939, joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the military hospital in Manila, Philippines. After caring for patients, under fire, in the Malinta Tunnel during World War II, she, along with 78 other nurses (both Army and Navy), was captured by enemy soldiers and sent to the Santo Tomas Internment Camp. She was a prisoner of war for almost three years. During that time, the nurses, while caring for patients in the prison hospital, maintained consistent acts of defiance. Lieutenant Young maintained a hidden diary, and the nurses, to aggravate the guards, would space themselves far enough apart that the guards would have to bow upwards of 30 times when performing inspections. The quote "We never did anything heroic" by Lieutenant Colonel Eunice Florence Young - Everyday Patriot Military Biographies #EverydayPatriot The conditions at Santo Thomas were harsh, and the nurses were starving. Lieutenant Young, upon liberation, weighed 110 lbs (she was 5' 6"). She, along with the other nurses, has been immortalized by the title "The Angels of Bataan and Corregidor", although Lieutenant Young insists she did nothing heroic. After her liberation on February 3, 1945, the Saturday Evening Post reported her story in the article Three Years Outside This World on May 5, 1945. She remained in the Army, working as a nurse until her retirement in 1969 Lieutenant Young died on January 10, 1995, and rests in the Arkport Heritage Hill Cemetery.